Let's All Vow to Use Strong Passwords in 2013

Paul Lilly

Contrary to its popularity, "password" is not a good password.

Forget about the usual New Year's resolutions to lose weight, eat healthier, exercise more, and all those other promises that fizzle out by February. A vow we can all keep is to practice better PC security habits, and it starts with picking out passwords that aren't incredibly easy to guess. Need some help? Just have a look at a list of the worst passwords of 2012, as compiled by SplashData .

The list was actually compiled at the end of October, but with 2012 coming to a close, it's a good time to take another peek. We realize we're preaching to the choir here (Maximum PC readers are cut from a more tech savvy cloth), but hey, we all know someone (and perhaps several people) who need this sort of thing, so spread the love.

So, what are the worst passwords of 2012? Here we go:

  1. password
  2. 123456
  3. 12345678
  4. abc123
  5. qwerty
  6. monkey
  7. letmein
  8. dragon
  9. 111111
  10. baseball
  11. iloveyou
  12. trustno1
  13. 1234567
  14. sunshine
  15. master
  16. 123123
  17. welcome
  18. shadow
  19. ashley
  20. football
  21. jesus
  22. michael
  23. ninja
  24. mustang
  25. password1

Many of the entries are painfully obvious, but it's interesting to see a few names make the list, such as Ashley.

"We're hoping that with more publicity about how risky it is to use weak passwords, more people will start taking simple steps to protect themselves by using stronger passwords and using different passwords for different websites," said Morgan Slain, SplashData CEO.

If you don't want to use different passwords for every site, at least separate your bank logins from your email accounts and forum credentials. And if you need help coming up with a strong password that's nigh impossible to guess, there are several password generators scattered all over the web. Alternately, password managers like LastPass are another option, provided you trust such things.

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